favorite shops: Exclusive Buttons

June 23, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Posted in book reviews, buttons!, favorite shops, vintage treasures | 3 Comments

Exclusive Buttons is one of the most magical button-places on earth. I was lucky enough to visit for the first time on a trip to San Francisco three years ago, and it just captivated me from the second I walked in.

Exclusive Buttons

Exclusive Buttons

It’s a tiny shop filled with vintage buttons of all kinds, from floor to ceiling, in cabinets and on hooks, on cards and loose, in the glass case and in dishes. The owner, Mrs. Mary Sortile, is lovely — talking with her about buttons is such a treat.

Owner of Exclusive Buttons
photo by Amy

Amy visited last month and wrote up a lovely post about her recent trip there, with tons more photos!

Here are some of my finds from my first two visits…

some of my finds from Exclusive Buttons

Some of them turned into Button It Up projects, and some are stand-alone treasures. I still don’t know quite what I’ll do with that gorgeous faceted crystal piece near the center, but just looking at it and enjoying its sparkliness is plenty for now!

some of my finds from Exclusive Buttons

I love the bright casein rounds on their original cards. I think that’s my own personal favorite button-style.

some of my finds from Exclusive Buttons

Be sure to check out Amy’s post for more Exclusive Buttons gorgeousness — she also added all her photos to the Button It Up flickr group! And if you have the book handy, my feature on the shop is on page 11, along with its majestic New York counterpart, Tender Buttons.

extraordinary button shops

I hope to be back for another visit soon! If you go (and oh, you should!), the shop is only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11-4, and Mrs. Sortile accepts checks and cash only.

Exclusive Buttons
10252 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 524-5606

p.s. Thanks to Kristen Conard of Feminist Review for writing a new review of Button It Up last week!

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  1. I never met another so interested in buttons. my heart is going pitter patter over buttons

  2. Any chance you will start your blog again?

    • Susan, thanks so much for your note! I just posted today and I plan to update the blog monthly, going forward.


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